The Goddesses

A Dianic Creation Myth

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A DIANIC CREATION MYTH

In the infinite moment before all time the Goddess arose from chaos and gave birth to Herself.

This was before anything else had been born… not even Herself. And when She separated the skies from the waters She danced upon them.

As She danced, so did Her ecstasy increase. In Her ecstasy She created everything that is.

Her movements made the wind and the element Air was born and did breathe. And the Goddess named Herself: Arianrhod, Cardea, Astarte

And sparks were struck from Her dancing feet so that She shone forth as the Sun, and the stars were caught in Her hair. Comets raced about Her, and the element Fire was born. And the Goddess named Herself: Sunna, Vesta, Pele’

About her feet swirled the waters in tidal wave and river, and flowing stream. The element Water did move. And She named Herself: Binah, Mari Morgaine, Lakshmi

And She sought to rest her feet from their dance, and She brought forth the Earth so that the shores were Her footstool, the fertile lands Her womb, the mountains Her full breasts, and Her streaming hair the growing things. And the Goddess named Herself: Cerridwen, Demeter, the Corn Mother

She saw that which was and is and will be, born of Her sacred dance and cosmic delight, and infinite joy.

She laughed, and the Goddess created Woman in Her own image, to be the Priestess of the Great Mother.

From Her Elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the Goddess created for Herself a Consort- for love, pleasure, companionship and sharing.

The Goddess then spoke to Her daughters, saying: “I am the Moon to light your path and to speak to your rhythms.

I am the Dancer and the Dance. I whirl without motion.

I am the Sun who gives you warmth in which to stretch and grow. I am All that will Be.

I am the Wind to blow at your call and the sparkling Waters that offer joy. I am the Fire of the Dance of Life, and I am the Earth beneath your dancing feet.

I give to all my priestesses three aspects that are Mine:

I am Artemis, the Maiden of the Animals, the Virgin of the Hunt. I am Isis, the Great Mother. I am Ngame, the Ancient One who winds the shroud.

I shall be called a million names.

Call unto me, daughters, and know that I am Nemesis.” We are Virgins, Mothers, Old Ones- All.

We offer our created energy: to the Spirit of Women Past, to the Spirit of Women yet to Come, to Woman Spirit Present and Growing. Behold, we move forward together.

 

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.WOTC Extra – Invoking the Goddess

WOTC Extra – Invoking the Goddess

At the New Moon and Full Moon rituals, usually only the Goddess is invoke. This is because the lunar celebrations are primarily her domain. You can also call the God if you want – there is no rule against it – but most Practitioners don’t.

When you invoke the God and Goddess, light a candle for each. Use white or silver for the Goddess, yellow or gold for the God – or you can use white for both.

Some of the New Moons and Full Moons already have specific invocations included that mention the issues you will be working on during that ritual. For the rest, here are two examples.

New Moon Goddess Invocation #1

* Great Goddess, Lady of the Dark Moon, hear us! We your children

gather here in sacred space and call your name: Isis, Astarte, Diana,

Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna! Hear our words. Know our hearts. Be

with us in our circle. So mote it be.

* Great Goddess, Lady of the Dark Moon, we thank you for your

presence in our circle and in our lives. May you continue to guide

and strengthen us in the days to come. So mote it be.

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New Moon Goddess Invocation #2

* Beloved Lady, we call to you to join us tonight as we meet in

sacred space. We gather in your name and ask you to help us in our

craft. Guide us to work with wisdom and with love. Welcome and

blessed be.

* Beloved Lady, you have shared with us your wisdom and your

love. We thank you for these, and all the gifts that you have given

us. Stay if you will, go if you must, in perfect love and perfect

trust. So mote it be.

Source:

Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice

Deborah Blake.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Attuning With The Gods

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Let’s Talk Witch – Attuning With The Gods

 

Of old, the God was the Sky Father, and the Goddess, the Earth Mother. The God of the sky, of rain and lightning, descended upon and united with the Goddess, spreading seed upon the land, celebrating Her fertility.

Today the deities of Wicca are still firmly associated with fertility, but every aspect of human existence can be linked with the Goddess and God. They can be called upon to help us sort through the vicissitudes of our existences and bring joy into our often spiritually-bereft lives.

This doesn’t mean that when problems occur we should leave them in the hands of the Goddess. This is a stalling maneuver, an avoidance of dealing with the bumps on the road of life. However, as Wiccans we can call on the Goddess and God to clear our minds and to help us help ourselves. Magic is an excellent means of accomplishing this. After attuning with the Goddess and God, Wiccans ask Their assistance during the magical rite that usually follows.

Beyond this, the Goddess and God can help us change our lives. Because the Deities are the creative forces of the universe (not just symbols), we can call upon Them to empower our rites and to bless our magic. Again, this is in direct opposition to most religions. The power is in the hands of every practitioner, not specialized priests or priestesses who perform these feats for the masses. This is what makes Wicca a truly satisfying way of life. We have direct links with the Deities. No intermediaries are needed; no priests or confessors or shamans. We are the shamans.

To develop a rapport with the Goddess and God, a necessity for those who desire to practice Wicca, you might wish to follow these simple rituals.

At night, stand or sit facing the Moon, if it is visible. If not, imagine the fullest Moon you’ve ever seen glowing silver-white in the inky blackness, directly above and before you.

Feel the soft lunar light streaming onto your skin. Sense it touching and mixing with your own energies, commingling and forming new patterns.

See the Goddess in any form that you will. Call to Her, chanting old names if you wish: Diana, Lucina, Selena (pronouncing them as : Dee-AH-nah, Loo-CHEE-nah, Say-LEE-nah). Open your heart and mind to the aspect of Goddess-energy manifested in the Moon’s light.

Repeat this daily for one week, preferably at the same time each night.

Concurrently with this exercise, attune with the God. Upon rising in the morning, no matter how late it is, stand before the Sun (through a window if necessary; outside if possible) and soak in its energies. Thank about the God. Visualize Him as you wish. It might be a mighty warrior rippling with muscles, a spear upraised in one hand, the other cradling a child or a bunch of dew-dripping grapes.

You may want to chant God names, such as Kernunnos, Osiris, Apollo (Care-NOON-nos, Oh-SIGH-rus, Ah-PALL-low) as with the Goddess.

If you don’t wish to visualize the God (for visualization can impose limitations), simply attune to the energies pouring down from the Sun. Even if clouds fill the sky, the God’s energies will reach you. Feel them with all your magical imagination.

Let no thoughts but those of the God disturb your revery. Reach out with your feelings; open your awareness to higher things. Call upon the God in any words. Express your desire to attune with him.

In your quest to know the Gods, take long walks beneath trees. Study flowers and plants. Visit wild, natural places and feel the energies of the Goddess and God directly–through the rush of a stream, the pulse of energy from an old oak’s trunk, the heat of a Sun-warmed rock. Familiarizing yourself with the existence of the Deities come more easily through actual contact with such power sources.

 

Source:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham
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Prayer of Offering

Prayer of Offering

By , About.com

 

Offerings

In ancient Rome, it was common to leave a bit of your food on the altar for your household deities. If you would like to do this at your meal, you could use the following prayer:

 

This meal is the work of many hands,
and I offer you a share.
Holy ones, accept my gift,
and upon my hearth, leave your blessings.

 

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Offerings to the Gods

Offerings to the Gods

What’s an Acceptable Gift?

By , About.com

 

In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, it’s not uncommon to make some sort of offering or sacrifice to the gods. Bear in mind that despite the reciprocal nature of our relationship with the divine, it’s not a matter of “I’m offering you this stuff so you’ll grant my wish.” It’s more along the lines of “I honor you and respect you, so I’m giving you this stuff to show you how much I appreciate your intervention on my behalf.”

So the question arises, then, of what to offer them? Different types of deities seem to respond best to different kinds of offerings. For example, you wouldn’t offer flowers to a war god, would you? When making an offering, it’s important to think about what the god represents. The Roman Cato described an offering for agricultural prosperity: Make offerings to keep your oxen in good health. Make the following sacrifices to Mars… three pounds of wheat, four-and-a-half of lard, four-and-a-half of meat and three pints of wine. While it’s probably not necessary to go that far and offer up enough food to feed a small army to your god, the passage does illustrate the fact that our ancestors thought enough of their gods to take their offerings very seriously.

In general, bread, milk and wine are nearly always appropriate for any deity. Here are some ideas for specific offerings you can make to deities, based upon the types of gods they are:

Hearth and Home Gods:

  • Food: Bread and grains, cooking oil, salt
  • Drink: Milk, wine, cider
  • Herbs: Rosemary, thyme

Gods of Love and Passion:

  • Food: Eggs, honey, apples
  • Drink: Wine, fruit juice
  • Herbs: Lavender, sandalwood

Garden/Nature Deities:

  • Food: Bread, cornmeal, fruit
  • Drink: Milk, water
  • Herbs: Bay

Gods of Prosperity and Abundance:

  • Food: Grains, dairy products like cheese or eggs
  • Drink: Milk, beer
  • Herbs: Mint, pennyroyal, catnip

Ancestor Spirits:

  • Food: Any meal from your family’s table
  • Drink: Drinks from the family table
  • Herbs: Sage, sweetgrass

Childbirth or Fertility Godesss:

  • Food: Eggs, baked sweets like cookies
  • Drink: Milk (including breast milk)
  • Herbs: Rose, sandalwood, apple blossoms
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A Ritual to Honor Artemis

A Ritual to Honor Artemis

By Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas

On the night of a full moon I would celebrate Artemis. I would start the evening by preparing the altar by covering it with a red cloth. On the altar, place three red candles, a bell, a red apple, and an animal figurine. Patchouli incense is good to use for this ritual. I become a warrior as I sit in front of my altar. I then invoke the Goddess Artemis.

As I light the first candle, I will say:

Great Goddess Artemis, with your warrior’s eyes, I ask you to help me see my goals and realize my potential. I need to give my full attention to the moment and see opportunities as they arise. Help me fulfill my promise to develop my natural talents so that I can become more true to myself. Teach me to see new situations as welcome challenges that I can manage with success.

(I then will write down my talents and my goals. I will make a date to attain these goals.)

As I light the second candle, I will say:

Artemis, Goddess of Adventure, help me approach my life as a series of adventures, finding the meaning and excitement in my everyday experiences. I want to take charge and meet challenges head on and with courage. Help me let go of my fears so I can be and courageous like you.

(I will write down all the adventurous tasks I want to try.)

As I light the third candle, I will say:

Artemis, I am fair and honest with those around me. Lend me your independent spirit and unwillingness to compromise what is important. Help me from sacrificing my own ideals while trying to please others. Tonight, I will attune my body and move with your grace and physical vitality.

(I will write affirmations for self-improvement.)

Thank you, Artemis, for joining me tonight. Thank you for being the champion of women. You have reminded me to appreciate the women in my life along with the companionship and courage they give me.

Blessed Be.

At the end of the ritual, I would extinguish the candles and leave the apple for the wildlife to enjoy. I will place the three notes in a visible place so that I can see them often.

Source:
Global Goddess

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Artemis

Artemis

by Ron Leadbetter

 

The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess. Her main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the later, she helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being, also their safety and reproduction. She was armed with a bow and arrows which were made by Hephaestus and the Cyclopes.

In one legend, Artemis was born one day before her brother Apollo. Her mother gave birth to her on the island of Ortygia, then, almost immediately after her birth, she helped her mother to cross the straits over to Delos, where she then delivered Apollo. This was the beginning of her role as guardian of young children and patron of women in childbirth. Being a goddess of contradictions, she was the protectress of women in labor, but it was said that the arrows of Artemis brought them sudden death while giving birth. As was her brother, Apollo, Artemis was a divinity of healing, but also brought and spread diseases such as leprosy, rabies and even gout.

Being associated with chastity, Artemis at an early age (in one legend she was three years old) asked her father, the great god Zeus, to grant her eternal virginity. Also, all her companions were virgins. Artemis was very protective of her purity, and gave grave punishment to any man who attempted to dishonor her in any form. Actaeon, while out hunting, accidentally came upon Artemis and her nymphs, who bathing naked in a secluded pool. Seeing them in all their naked beauty, the stunned Actaeon stopped and gazed at them, but when Artemis saw him ogling them, she transformed him into a stag. Then, incensed with disgust, she set his own hounds upon him. They chased and killed what they thought was another stag, but it was their master. As with Orion, a giant and a great hunter, there are several legends which tell of his death, one involving Artemis. It is said that he tried to rape the virgin goddess, so killed him with her bow and arrows. Another says she conjured up a scorpion which killed Orion and his dog. Orion became a constellation in the night sky, and his dog became Sirius, the dog star. Yet another version says it was the scorpion which stung him and was transformed into the constellation with Orion, the later being Scorpio. Artemis was enraged when one of her nymphs, Callisto, allowed Zeus to seduce her, but the great god approached her in one of his guises; he came in the form of Artemis. The young nymph was unwittingly tricked, and she gave birth to Arcas, the ancestor of the Arcadians, but Artemis showed no mercy and changed her into a bear. She then shot and killed her. As Orion, she was sent up to the heavens, and became the constellation of the Great Bear (which is also known as the Plough).

Artemis was very possessive. She would show her wrath on anyone who disobeyed her wishes, especially against her sacred animals. Even the great hero Agamemnon came upon the wrath of Artemis, when he killed a stag in her sacred grove. His punishment came when his ships were becalmed, while he made his way to besiege Troy. With no winds to sail his ships he was told by the seer Calchas that the only way Artemis would bring back the winds was for him to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Some versions say he did sacrifice Iphigenia, others that Artemis exchanged a deer in her place, and took Iphigenia to the land of the Tauri (the Crimea) as a priestess, to prepare strangers for sacrifice to Artemis.

Artemis with her twin brother, Apollo, put to death the children of Niobe. The reason being that Niobe, a mere mortal, had boasted to Leto, the mother of the divine twins, that she had bore more children, which must make her superior to Leto. Apollo being outraged at such an insult on his mother, informed Artemis. The twin gods hunted them down and shot them with their bows and arrows; Apollo killed the male children and Artemis the girls.

Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a principal city of Asia Minor, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, whereas she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. Those found at Ephesus show her in the eastern style, standing erect with numerous nodes on her chest. There have been many theories as to what they represent. Some say they are breasts, others that they are bulls testes which were sacrificed to her. Which is the true interpretation remains uncertain, but each represent fertility.

There were festivals in honor of Artemis, such as the Brauronia, which was held in Brauron; and the festival of Artemis Orthia, held at Sparta, when young Spartan boys would try to steal cheeses from the altar. As they tried they would be whipped, the meaning of Orthia and the nature of the ritual whipping has been lost and there is no logical explanation or translation. Among the epithets given to Artemis are: Potnia Theron (mistress of wild animals) this title was mentioned by the great poet Homer; Kourotrophos (nurse of youth’s); Locheia (helper in childbirth); Agrotera (huntress); and Cynthia (taken from her birthplace on Mount Cynthus on Delos). When young girls reached puberty they were initiated into her cult, but when they decided to marry, which Artemis was not against, they were asked to lay in front of the altar all the paraphernalia of their virginity, toys, dolls and locks of their hair, they then left the domain of the virgin goddess.

 

Source:

Encyclopedia Mythica

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Hecate

Hecate

I am the dark Goddess, I am Hecate
I am the Darkness behind and Beneath the Shadows
I am the absence of air that waits at the bottom of every breath
I am the Ending before Life begins again.
Maiden, Mother, Crone…I am all these and more.
Whenever you have need of anything call upon me.
I am here…for I abide within you all
Even at the darkest of times
When there seems no single spark to warm you
And the night seems darkest of all, I am here…
Watching and waiting to grow within you In strength and in love.
Come to me and see that which cannot be seen,
Face the terror that is yours alone.
Swim to me through the blackest oceans
To the center of your greatest fears–
The Dark God and I will keep you safe. Scream to me in terror and yours will be the Power to Forbear.
Seek me within and without and you will be strong. Know meVenture into the dark so that you may awaken Balance,
Illumination and Wholeness
Take my love with you everywhere and find the Power within
To be who you wish to be.
I am she who is at the beginning and at the end of all time.

 

Source:
Dark Moon

 

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